A woman and a child were critically injured in a suspected drunk driving crash at the intersection of Coles Mill and Blue Bell.
Denise Canale Charged with Assault by Auto, DWI After Injuring Woman and Child in Crash
A woman and one of the two children in her vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries when their vehicle was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver last Wednesday night, according to police in Franklin.
36-year-old Kristen Susini, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old were extricated from their vehicle, which caught fire following the crash at the intersection of Coles Mill Road and Blue Bell Road at around 8:40 p.m. on August 21.
Susini’s vehicle was parked with its hazard lights flashing when it was hit from behind by 60-year-old Denise Canale’s eastbound vehicle. When police arrived at the scene, Susini’s vehicle was on fire and she and her children were trapped inside.
According to police documents, “Residents in the area assisted with extinguishing the fire until the passengers could be freed.”
Susini and the 4-year-old child were flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden and were listed in critical condition. The 2-year-old was also brought to Cooper “for precautionary reasons” and Canale was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries.
Canale has been charged with three counts of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, along with several other related motor vehicle charges. She was processed and released.
Police have not released the relationship between the children and Susini or the names of the children.
To read about another suspected drunk driving accident covered by our team, see Anderson, Indiana – 4 Children Injured After School Bus Rear-Ended by Suspected Drunk Driver